297 Tasting Notes

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My family just went on a cruise vacation with a stop in Halifax which has a Davidstea! It was my first time setting foot in an actual store and now I know why Steepsterites rave about it over Teavana. The staff was sooo nice and didn’t upsell. I bought a few teas while I was there and the guy gave me a free to-go cup on the house. I requested that he give me his favorite and this was it.

It was really yummy and perfect for the slightly dreary morning we encountered there. I had the first steep, and then got some more hot water for a second. I also managed to get the empty (except for the leaves) cup onto the ship and had a third while reading. Really yummy and I’ll certainly pick up some to have on hand at home where we are sadly lacking a physical Davidstea location.

Indigobloom

love milky oolong! though I find the DT version is my third or fourth favourite (out of many more lol)

jeweledthumb

@indigobloom I’m curious to hear your first and second favorites!

Tealizzy

Tealux has a really good one. :)

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2.5 teaspoons in my 16 oz steeping mug + sweetener

Another Della Terra sale purchase. This one isn’t bad, but it’s not nearly as flavorful as the Carrot Cake blend. I’m getting a slight chocolate (?) cake flavor and a creamy flavor (cream cheese frosting almost) but it’s a lot lighter. To be honest, everyone’s interpretation of red velvet cake is different and if you are used to generic versions, you probably taste red dye more than any “real” flavor. Nonetheless, this isn’t bad but it doesn’t blow me away like the Carrot Cake version.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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So being the amazing wife that I am, I bought my husband some peanut butter cup gelato and being the amazing wife on a diet that I am, I thought that maybe this tea would be a reasonable replacement for said gelato.

This I’m pretty disappointed with. It’s not bad exactly (it’s not something I’d dump down the sink), but it doesn’t really taste like peanut butter. Really, it doesn’t really taste like chocolate either. I’m getting a faint dessert like smell and slight taste. Again, it’s not bad, it’s just not good or memorable. Glad I only got the 1/2 ounce sampler.

(I even added sweetener, no dice)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Passion by Tazo
297 tasting notes

It has been awhile since I had this, but earlier in the week I brewed up 24oz to keep in the fridge and I plowed through it tonight with dinner. Since this tea is pretty strong, I can get away with using 2 teabags for 24oz which is nice. I used to add sweetener to this but I’ve managed to enjoy it unsweetened for awhile which makes it a healthy alternative to diet soda.

Still love this stuff and will be picking up a few more boxes since it’s on sale at Giant this week.

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Iced

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If you are craving something sweet, this hits the spot. My only issue with it is I’m mostly getting icing. No real cake. It’s certainly not bad but there’s only so much icing you can eat before you get sick of it (at least that’s the case for me). Might switch up the temperature/steeping time to see if that has any impact.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Mmm liquid frosting :P

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(Another Della Terra purchase from the recent sale. I picked up an ounce.)

Oh my goodness, in the bag and while steeping, this tea smells so delicious! I love carrot cake and sniffing the bag was like having the real thing sitting on my counter top. I used about 2.5 teaspoons for my 16 oz steeping mug and added sweetener.

I’ll admit, I was worried about this one. I was kind of expecting it not to live up to my expectations; however, it has impressed me! It tastes like carrot cake (including the cream cheese icing) and it’s caffeine free! One thing though, I really have to savor and drink the tea slowly, otherwise, the 2nd sip kinds of mutes out the first one (if that makes any sense).

In any case, during the next Della Terra sale, I’ll be ordering more of this!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
297 tasting notes

I couldn’t resist the recent Della Terra sale and purchased 2 of the try me packs (including a sample of S’mores). I used 2 heaping teaspoons, plus about a half of a 3rd for my 16oz steeping mug and added sweetener and a dash of skim milk.

I mostly get the marshmallow from this tea, which isn’t a bad thing. There’s a bit of graham cracker but I’m not really detecting any chocolate. I think next time I’ll follow the recommendations a little more closely.

Not sure that I’d keep this around but I’ll finish the sample.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to KallieBoo! for this sample!

Yummy! I have put off trying teas from 52teas other than through swap because it’s so much tea to get if you wind up hating it! This, however, I could use some more of. I love banana and this tastes creamy and banana-y. The black base is far from overpowering or bitter. I wound up using my full sample in my mug plus some sweetener (just over 2 tsp – 16oz steeping mug). I hope it lasts another round because I want another cup!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This is pretty darn tasty! I bought the generous “sample size” (nearly an ounce) from Adagio with my last order and decided to change it up from my normal Davidstea Jasmine Black Pearls for my morning office tea. It’s basically their Valentines tea without the strawberry. So if you like that, you’ll like this. As with that tea, I do taste the chocolate. I sweetened it but didn’t add milk this go around. I’d probably buy a larger bag of this the next time I order from Adagio.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I think I might have figured this tea out. You really need to up the teaspoons. I used 3 generous teaspoons tonight for my 16oz steeping mug. I added a splash of milk and some sweetener and it’s really nice! Good thing too as I have quite a lot of this.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Likes:
Pineapple
Jasmine
Fruity White Teas
Assam Black
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)

Dislikes:
Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.

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